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De Tomaso Mangusta race car

Here are some pics of the Mangusta racer at the HSR West vintage races at Auto Club Speedway this last weekend. This is the only Mangusta racer that I have seen after many years of going to races in the SOCAL area. It sounded great and was driven with gusto! You can see from the pics that this thing is really short. Very cool!
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Thanks for posting -I hadn't heard of anyone trying to race one either, very cool - love the wheel arches (tail lights, not so much).

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VERY cool. A family friend in the UK had one of these 15 years ago (or so) and it was, erm, 'highly patinated'. It was painted (mostly) white and had a set of shark's teeth painted on the side of the nose like the old P-40 Tomahawks. I doubt that any of the panels were straight, and there was liberal use of safety wire and baling twine to hold things together. It was also extremely fast. This guy turned up at a well-known drag strip one Sunday morning and, lined up next to him, was this guy in a Ferrari F40. To say that Fred left this F40 for dead would be an understatement and so chastened was the F40 driver by this experience that when he finally reached the end of the straight he headed straight for the exit and was never seen again. The Mangusta was eventually sold and has now been exquisitely restored by its new owner (who even learned the skills of upholstery and metalwork so he could truly say that it was all his own work) and the car is occasionally seen at Italian car gatherings. Still sounds as good as ever, too .


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Fabulous and an all time favourite. Pity that the racer loses those whacky engine covers along the way though....
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I got a few more pics processed, so I thought I would post them as well. Yeah, this car does have a very exotic look to it. The flares really do set it off. They were done in aluminum, very period correct looking.
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Mangusta Race Car

Here are some pictures of a DeTomaso Mangusta that was raced in IMSA, before vintage. These were taken at Road Atlanta in the early seventies.

I am also posting a picture of a lovely 246 Dino that was raced in IMSA, too. The picture was also taken at Road Atlanta in the early seventies, but it was a different weekend than the one with the Mangusta.

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DeTomaso Mangusta at Road Atlanta.
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Coming out of turn 5.
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Enjoy the video.....

.... turn UP YOUR SPEAKERS!!!!


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Ted, I did a little digging and found some more pics of the red and black car at Racing Sports Cars - Home Page , looks like it ran at Sebring, Charlotte, and Mid Ohio in 1973. The Mid Ohio car was white and blue, but one of the drivers was the same for all three races, so it might be the same car. It would not let me pull the pics to post here, so you will have to go to the site to check them out if you want. Warning!! you can waste a lot of time on that site as it is pretty extensive.


AlvaroSeco Thanks!! The video is very cool.

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VERY cool. A family friend in the UK had one of these 15 years ago (or so) and it was, erm, 'highly patinated'. It was painted (mostly) white and had a set of shark's teeth painted on the side of the nose like the old P-40 Tomahawks. I doubt that any of the panels were straight, and there was liberal use of safety wire and baling twine to hold things together. It was also extremely fast. This guy turned up at a well-known drag strip one Sunday morning and, lined up next to him, was this guy in a Ferrari F40. To say that Fred left this F40 for dead would be an understatement and so chastened was the F40 driver by this experience that when he finally reached the end of the straight he headed straight for the exit and was never seen again. The Mangusta was eventually sold and has now been exquisitely restored by its new owner (who even learned the skills of upholstery and metalwork so he could truly say that it was all his own work) and the car is occasionally seen at Italian car gatherings. Still sounds as good as ever, too .
i believe this is the car your talking about?

here what it looks like today..

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Coming out of turn 5.
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VERY cool. A family friend in the UK had one of these 15 years ago (or so) and it was, erm, 'highly patinated'. It was painted (mostly) white and had a set of shark's teeth painted on the side of the nose like the old P-40 Tomahawks. I doubt that any of the panels were straight, and there was liberal use of safety wire and baling twine to hold things together. It was also extremely fast. This guy turned up at a well-known drag strip one Sunday morning and, lined up next to him, was this guy in a Ferrari F40. To say that Fred left this F40 for dead would be an understatement and so chastened was the F40 driver by this experience that when he finally reached the end of the straight he headed straight for the exit and was never seen again. The Mangusta was eventually sold and has now been exquisitely restored by its new owner (who even learned the skills of upholstery and metalwork so he could truly say that it was all his own work) and the car is occasionally seen at Italian car gatherings. Still sounds as good as ever, too .
The F40 was'nt exactly left for dead! Mangusta ET 12.01 F40 ET 12.5
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Too bad they put a V8 in the Mangusta....

My dad almost bought one for 8,000 in the early 80's. And a Turbo 2 Renault, and he had Le Mans raced 1300 Simca Abarth. If he had all 3 of those cars now, we could probably buy a second house !

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VERY cool. A family friend in the UK had one of these 15 years ago (or so) and it was, erm, 'highly patinated'. It was painted (mostly) white and had a set of shark's teeth painted on the side of the nose like the old P-40 Tomahawks. I doubt that any of the panels were straight, and there was liberal use of safety wire and baling twine to hold things together. It was also extremely fast. This guy turned up at a well-known drag strip one Sunday morning and, lined up next to him, was this guy in a Ferrari F40. To say that Fred left this F40 for dead would be an understatement and so chastened was the F40 driver by this experience that when he finally reached the end of the straight he headed straight for the exit and was never seen again. The Mangusta was eventually sold and has now been exquisitely restored by its new owner (who even learned the skills of upholstery and metalwork so he could truly say that it was all his own work) and the car is occasionally seen at Italian car gatherings. Still sounds as good as ever, too .
I have the Corvette LT79 powered Mangusta, made at the factory, 8MA670. There are several videos on the internet by DT ROCKSTAR 1. I have written a book about the design of the Mangusta, 7000 words and 64 stunning full color images. It is an art and design book that discusses the design, engineering and fabrication of the car and de Tomaso's vision of a race car for the street.

It is called BELLA MANGUSTA, The Italian Art and Design of the De Tomaso Mangusta and is available on the internet and from Xlibris, the publisher.

It is being sold in Italy, the UK and across Europe as well as in North America. If you are interested in the car at all you will enjoy the book very much and learn a lot about it. Giugiaro designed it on his kitchen table and it really was designed over a racing chassis, a forgotten fact due to it's stunning beauty.

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